Hyundai Unveils its First Electric Car

Hyundai BlueOn

Hyundai unveiled its first all-electric vehicle that’s highway capable today in South Korea. Named the BlueOn, it will be able to travel 81 mph and 87 miles on a single charge, according to the automaker. The BlueOn will be able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 13.1 seconds.

With a 220-volt plug, the BlueOn’s lithium-ion batteries will be fully charged in six hours. There's also a quick charging option, which can charge the vehicle to 80% capacity in 25 minutes.

This is the same vehicle that Hyundai showed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It's based on Hyundai’s city car, the i10, which is not sold in the U.S. Sizewise, the i10 sits in between Scion’s upcoming iQ and Hyundai’s three-door Accent hatchback.

The BlueOn features a pedestrian warning system that's similar to that in the Toyota Prius in Japan and on the 2011 Nissan Leaf.

Of course, the catch with this is Hyundai is not ready to roll out the BlueOn in the same fashion that Chevrolet and Nissan have with their electric offerings, which are on the horizon. Hyundai plans on providing 30 BlueOns to government test fleets in South Korea next month. After that, the automaker plans on building 2,500 units by the end of 2012 and expanding manufacturing capabilities and EV infrastructure for the car throughout 2012.

Most likely, Hyundai will eventually produce some sort of plug-in hybrid for commercial proposes here in the States. Hyundai plans on having a corporate average fuel economy of 50 mpg by 2025. Part of the strategy to achieve that number is to incorporate electric-vehicle technology into the lineup.

Continue below to check out more photos of the BlueOn:

Comments 

Dan

While I welcome another electric vehicle to the fray (competition should improve the products), I really wish manufacturers would focus more on building vehicles more in the size range that the public actually buys, such as the Tesla Model S.
The perception that many people have of what the electric cars of the next decade are going to be like is horribly out of line with reality, as has been shown by many comment-ers on this site. Part of the blame for that falls on manufacturers as they continue to roll out tiny electric vehicles with insufficient motors, and in-town only ranges.
I realize the goal is to get cost down to a range that your average consumer can afford, but I worry this will have a similar impact on public opinion that GM diesels had in the early '80s. The public got used to those motors being poor quality and blamed diesel rather than GM. Despite the fact that VW and Mercedes were building high quality diesels, it was too late. The public decided diesel was garbage and wouldn't buy it.
I'd rather see a small number of expensive, electric "toys of the rich and famous" vehicles on the road that are quick, comfortable, safe, and with a good range, than a slew of under-performing cheap cars. The price will come down on the good cars rather than quality come up on cheap cars. That would allow people to aspire to an EV, not settle for it.

JJ

I personally think the reason for only producing small electric cars is due to the range. Big cars are great on the highway, comfy, and hold lots of luggage. Due to the range of the cars they are useless in those applications. City people tend towards smaller cars because they are more manageable in traffic, the most stuff they ever need to put in fits perfectly in small cars. They are a perfect fit for the target market, but not for the average consumer.

Ian

When will an automaker create an electric car that doesnt like a little bug.

Ziggy

Manufacturers have to produce cars that most of the world will drive and not what 1/3 of americans will buy.

Style

How do you see it that "most of the world" will drive electric cars?

The buyer's motivation is not the problem. The cars are the problem. The first electric without compromises will become a best seller in the US.

Ziggy

I did not say "most of the world will drive electric cars" (although they will in about 50 years). Most of the world drives small cars - it only makes sense that electric cars will be small. They have to think globally and not just what a small % of americans want.

Electric cars are the way of the future, you can't beat them for mpg value. But it's true, Americans don't really like such small cars usually. But with the economy tanking the way it is, people can't afford to pay high gas costs anymore.

The unveiling plan of new electric car from Hyundai is very nice to know. Although this Blueon model gives good mileage, but I think it will be a small one for my family. However this product of Hyundai may be accepted by some people.

The manufacturing entails many toxic materials and heavy metals - so there is both a manufacturing and a disposal concern with the environment.

DodgeFan

I see this car as an also ran. Nissan Leaf will grab whatever low end is there. Telsa will go for the high end, don't know again how big the market is. After all Telsa has been on life support despite the positive public stock offering.I think Hyundai can afford to play follower for alittle bit though.

Mike

I think the guy who wants just high end units is forgetting Henry Ford. Look, just get a good quality unit on the road at a good for the consumer price and volume will take care of the rest. I don't want to pay for your research and development up front so you look good to your investors. How about answering to the consumers for once. Under $20,000 and I'm in.

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